August 25, 2010 Subject:
FYI: Does NOT include
FYI: Just in case you're looking for a clip from the Orson Welles production of Macbeth, which was part of the Federal Theatre Project's Negro Theater Unit: it's NOT in this film. It appears to have been cut out for some reason.
Here's the URL for the copy of "We Work Again" that DOES have it (it's about the last four minutes of the film).
The URL is: http://www.archive.org/details/we_work_again_1937
September 19, 2009 Subject:
Great archive, silly direction
Could you imagine today making a film about African-Americans with a white voice-over saying "We work again!" Segregation was a very strange time... great play footage though.
April 29, 2005 Subject:
There's Irony in this, of course too...
Very very curious film, parts of which I've seen before, (with the black choir singing) that tells how black people are working again! This all could be celebrated except for the fact that for every scene I saw, I kept adding stuff. EG, we see people making appetizers and I added, "for the white man", some lady making a bed, I thought "for the white man", there's a scene where a housing development was being built which I wanted to add to the narration, "that none of you black people will ever get a chance to live in". I'm not being racist of course, because the film is full of segregation. Look at the pool! The parks! See any white people? I guess my concern over this film is while people should be praising that they were working after the Big Depression, they still had a long way to go.
February 15, 2004 Subject:
First directing effort by Orson Wells preserved
An interesting fim mostly because it preserves the final moments of the acclaimed Voodoo Macbeth, the first directorial effort by Orson Wells. The film doesn't mention that he was the one who directed it, but his mark is chillingly unmistakable.
The rest of the film is also very interesting. It provides an series of vignettes into contruction sites, playgrounds, garment factories, health care facilities thoughout the U.S. durring the 1930s. The fact that blacks are limited to manual labor and the arts cries out to be discussed. Funny how, according to this film, no african americans grew up to become doctors or lawyers. The fact, though, that it portrays people of color in a sympathetic and positive light comes though. Black and white kids are even seen playing together and women of all races are toiling in the same clothing factory, and getting along. It's even narrated by a black guy. Coming from white, albiet government producers, that's not half bad.